Our diversity and differences is what creates stronger communities

Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians. On the 31st March we had our wonderful event at St Marys Memorial Hall. We were all gathered to celebrate Harmony Day 2021.

NCNS is an active part of the Penrith Multicultural Interagency as we believe it is our diversity and differences that creates stronger communities. This event had a committee of over 10 services in the Penrith City area that have their time to support the organisation of this event.

The event was open with a Welcome to Country by Mitchell Beggs-Mowczan, Harmony Day ambassador.

We were also grateful to Penrith City Council Mayor Karen McKeown who gave a heart fulfilled speech explaining that since 2008, Penrith City has been a refugee welcome zone. We are one of the fast growing multicultural LGA welcoming citizens from all over the world.

With an amazing turn out of over 150 people we had countless cultural backgrounds represented. We had amazing performances that took us around the world from Asia to the Pacific Islands. St Marys Japanese community entertained the audience with a beautiful dance routine which was performed by some of our youngest ever dancers.

The Maltese community got everyone clapping with interactive line dancing, followed by a high energy belly dancer.

The Tokelau dancer captivated the audience with their beautiful dance and song paying their respects to their elders, the lands and the waters of their people.

Overall this event was a great way of uniting the communities after the struggles that we have faced over the past year. The spirit of community was alive and well making this Harmony Day one of the best we have so far.

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